Author: Darrell Giles

$1.6m bikeway continues Ipswich investment in cycling

Hit the road and discover the $1.6m Goodna Creek Bikeway Stage 3, opening at Redbank Plains in May. The bikeway from Redbank Plains Road to Farmer Court continues the development of Ipswich’s cycle network and was joint funded by council and the State Government. It will eventually link Redbank Train Station and Redbank Plaza Shopping Centre with nearby residential suburbs and Redbank Plains Recreation Reserve. Goodna Creek Bikeway is part of the Queensland Government’s Principal Cycle Network Plan and council’s iGO Active Transport Action Plan. Ipswich infrastructure spokeswoman Councillor Cheryl Bromage said works included installing a new 3m wide shared path,...

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How Ipswich businesses can cash in on major projects

Ipswich will next week host a major industry briefing for local businesses hoping to get a foot in the door with the new Star Entertainment precinct and Brisbane Airport Corporation. Ipswich City Council is working with the Ipswich and Greater Springfield Chambers of Commerce to host the 3 May event at Metro Hotel Ipswich International. Star Entertainment Group (Star) and Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) will brief the local business community about opportunities arising from the Queen’s Wharf and Airport infrastructure projects. Economic Development spokesman Councillor Paul Tully said it was a unique chance for businesses to hear firsthand how they could...

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New community centre set to open in May

The highly anticipated Redbank Plains South Community Centre at School Road will officially open in May. Infrastructure and Emergency Management Committee Chairperson Councillor Cheryl Bromage said the $2.1 million project would soon welcome residents and local groups to share the new space. “The centre will provide a safe place for the delivery of social services, a place for a range of community groups to meet, build social networks, and enhance the community’s capacity, pride and resilience,” she said. Cr Bromage said the Queensland Government contributed $1.02 million towards the project, with council putting in the rest for this joint...

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CMC Rocks delivers record crowds, $10m to Ipswich economy

Photos by Lachlan Douglas Record CMC Rocks Qld participants boost Ipswich as music venue. Ipswich is becoming a go-to music venue after the success of the 2018 CMC Rocks Queensland event. Libraries and Tourism Committee Chairman Councillor David Pahlke said almost 20,000 people attended the March music festival and the estimated economic boost to the region was about $10 million. “CMC Rocks is now the largest country music festival in the country,” he said. “There was a 41 per cent increase in tickets sold in 2018 and all the tickets were sold out in an hour. Interestingly, more than half...

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Boost for Ipswich community organisations

The pavilion at Ivory’s Rock. Five not-for-profit community organisations are the beneficiaries of Ipswich City Council’s monthly community funding program. Arts and Community Development Committee Chairwoman Cr Kylie Stoneman said funds under the Community Development Grants Program had gone to: Westside Community Care: $2500 for its annual Family Funday at Robelle Doman, Springfield Central, on Saturday 19 May. This free event for the community features dance competitions, market stalls, rides and fireworks. Central Presbyterian Church Ipswich: $2500 to support the 2018 Streetlinks event at Central Church, Ipswich, on 13 June. Streetlinks, in partnership with Ipswich Assist, provides support for homeless and...

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Dunk a cop, it’s for a good cause

Max Gardener. An Ipswich police officer is battling to regain his health and fitness after a serious car accident. This is your chance to help him out, and have some fun along the way. Detective Senior Constable Max Gardener and his young family were involved in a bad traffic crash in NSW on 29 January, 2018. The Yamanto-based detective spent time in the John Hunter Hospital at Newcastle and has since been transferred to the PA Hospital in Brisbane. Queensland Police Service said Max and his family still have a long road to recovery and “need every bit of...

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Eerie images expose ghosts of Willowbank

Can you see the ghosts in these pictures? Click to enlarge Everyone loves a good ghost story. And there are usually plenty involving the local graveyard. Ipswich Cemeteries, which operates five cemeteries in the Ipswich region, definitely has a few spooky secrets from the grave and beyond. Libraries and Tourism Committee chairman Cr David Pahlke was recently alerted to one in his division …. a very eerie image from Warrill Park Lawn Cemetery and Crematorium, off the Cunningham Highway, at Willowbank. A photograph was taken by cemetery staff for Ipswich City Council to record flooding in the area in...

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State secrets hidden in buried Ipswich crypt to be uncovered

Ipswich City Council will proceed with remediation work on an underground crypt containing the coffin of a member of Queensland’s first Parliament in 1860 at Ipswich General Cemetery. Health, Security and Community Safety Committee Chairperson Cr Sheila Ireland said $20,000 would be allocated for the project to help uncover the secrets of one of the State’s first politicians, Joseph Fleming. Details of the significant find were first revealed by council in December and investigations began to determine if it was possible to carry out the archaeological dig safely and inexpensively, and to restore the site for heritage purposes. “There...

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Council grants benefit younger brigade

Free hair-cuts, laser tag, movies and cool shirts are on the cards during Queensland Youth Week, thanks to Ipswich City Council community grants. Arts and Community Development Committee Chairperson Cr Kylie Stoneman said funds under the Community Development Program had gone to: Goodna Youth Services Inc: $2500 towards the cost of undertaking Queensland Youth Week activities in April. Goodna Youth Services proposes to hold laser tag on 6 April; a BBQ lunch, including a motivational speaker, entertainment and free haircuts on 11 April; and a movie night on 13 April with more than 300 young people expected to attend....

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Flood scenario tests emergency management skills

A “flood scenario” tested Ipswich City Council’s emergency management skills in setting up an evacuation centre for “victims” from a neighbouring region. Infrastructure and Emergency Management Committee Chairperson Cr Cheryl Bromage said the March 1 exercise at the Ipswich Showgrounds involved ICC and Scenic Rim Regional Council officers performing various roles. “They were briefed on a flood scenario which affected the Scenic Rim Regional Council local government area, resulting in the exhaustion of local capacity for immediate shelter,” she said. “ICC officers set up an evacuation centre including the registration point for evacuees.  SRRC officers role-played affected residents and...

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